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noun
Equivalence  n.  
1.
The condition of being equivalent or equal; equality of worth, value, signification, or force; as, an equivalence of definitions.
2.
Equal power or force; equivalent amount.
3.
(Chem.)
(a)
The quantity of the combining power of an atom, expressed in hydrogen units; the number of hydrogen atoms can combine with, or be exchanged for; valency. See Valence.
(b)
The degree of combining power as determined by relative weight. See Equivalent, n., 2. (R.)






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"Equivalence" Quotes from Famous Books



... Here was one, who had a matter to present to his readers, to himself at least, in the first instance, so valuable, so real and definite, that his primary aim, as regards form or expression in his verse, would be but its exact equivalence to those data within. That he had this gift of transparency in language—the control of a style which did but obediently shift and shape itself to the mental motion, as a well-trained hand can follow on the tracing-paper the outline of an original drawing below it, was proved afterwards ...
— Appreciations, with an Essay on Style • Walter Horatio Pater

... The equivalence of the thermic, mechanical and chemical forces has been demonstrated; the only question hereafter will be to select from among such forces the one that must be adopted as the sole principle, in order to account for all the phenomena that depend upon these causes of various ...
— Scientific American Supplement, No. 613, October 1, 1887 • Various

... it was, done in the fifth decade of the century, which demonstrated beyond all cavil that there is a precise and absolute equivalence between mechanical work and heat; that whatever the form of manifestation of molar motion, it can generate a definite and measurable amount of heat, and no more. Joule found, for example, that at the sea-level in Manchester a pound ...
— A History of Science, Volume 3(of 5) • Henry Smith Williams

... normal speech itself, is that each element (letter or written word) in the system corresponds to a specific element (sound or sound-group or spoken word) in the primary system. Written language is thus a point-to-point equivalence, to borrow a mathematical phrase, to its spoken counterpart. The written forms are secondary symbols of the spoken ones—symbols of symbols—yet so close is the correspondence that they may, not only in theory but in the actual practice of certain eye-readers and, possibly, ...
— Language - An Introduction to the Study of Speech • Edward Sapir

... it. Few words are more elastic and adaptable than the verb substantive. "Is" can denote a wide variety of ideas, from that of personal identity, as when I see that yonder distant figure is my brother; to that of equivalence, as when a stamped and signed piece of thin paper called a bank-note is five pounds of gold; or to that of mere representation, as when another piece of paper, or a sheet of canvas, duly lined and coloured by the artist to show the semblance of a human ...
— Messages from the Epistle to the Hebrews • Handley C.G. Moule



Words linked to "Equivalence" :   par, tie, parity, likeness, alikeness, status, mass-energy equivalence, equality, comparison, similitude



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